What Causes Water Seepage?

What Is Water Seepage?

flaking wall due to water seepage

Typically, water seepage occurs after heavy rainfall. It can also slowly occur over time with consistent rainfall. Either way, when water flows from one pace to another through small holes or porous material, seepage begins to form. Because pressure forces water into your home through the tiniest cracks in your basement’s floor and walls, water seepage is not always easy to spot. As a homeowner it helps to pay close attention to the following signs:

  • Indoor Air Quality Has Worsened
  • Increased Humidity In Lower Levels
  • Unsightly Cracks
  • Stains On Your Walls
  • Peeling Or Warped Paint
  • Pooling Water
  • Rusty Appliances

Effects of Seepage

If you are noticing water seepage in your basement or crawlspace, it must be treated right away. Unfortunately, if you don’t treat the problem as soon as possible, you put your basement at risk for mold, mildew, and other more serious structural issues. For instance, when water continues to seep through porous structures, it can lead to a sinking or settling foundation, and cause further foundation crack issues.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent the detrimental damages from seepage. Firstly, it is important to keep gutters clean of debris and leaves. This allows the gutters to catch extra water from your roof instead of overflowing and creating puddles of water in and around the home. Additionally, there are ways to ensure that water is flowing away from your home after a rainfall. Moreover, installing interior and exterior waterproofing systems can be a huge help.

Repairing the Damage

Because water seepage occurs from a lack of waterproofing measures, it is vital to contact an expert to remedy the problem for good. When water flows from one place to another and there are tiny holes in a wall or floor, this issue cannot be fixed with putty or paint. More drastic measures must be taken to repair the damage. For instance, installing exterior waterproofing systems such as water channels, exterior drains, and waterproofing membranes can decrease the chances of water problems. There are both sub-surface and surface drainage methods that will remedy the issue. Your local foundation and waterproofing professional can help you make the right choices for your home.

Furthermore, there are interior waterproofing products that can be utilized to repair damage and prevent further issues. Some of these include sump pumps, interior drainage systems, perforated drain pipes, vapor barriers, and sump basins.

Service Area for Rapid Foundation Repair

Check out our service area map. If you live in South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and northern Nebraska, someone from our team can come out and give you a free quote for all of your waterproofing needs. Our team covers over 1,000 miles from Casper, Wyoming all the way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We serve as far as the northern parts of the Black Hills in South Dakota and will travel as far south into north-central Nebraska. Call us today at (605)-716-0300.